September 7, 2014
Popular Australian author Rachael Treasure is out to inspire rural communities to recycle waste through her latest novel, Cleanskin Cowgirls.
Rachael, who has a host of best selling novels on rural life under her belt, will be a guest speaker at the Country Lifestyle pavilion across the field days.
Tasmanian born and bred, Rachael is skilled at weaving her practical life experiences and agricultural causes she feels passionate about into the story lines.
Her last novel, The Farmer’s Wife, was released in 2013 and drew on Rachael’s own journey to improve the soil health on her farm through pasture cropping and holistic management techniques.
Rachael’s cheeky take on “lust in the dust’’ resulted in the rural mummy porn, 50 Bales of Hay, being launched in 2011 and introducing her to a new male audience.
“Cleanskin Cowgirls is my sixth novel and Henty will be a great platform to launch it,’’ she said.
“It has been one of the most enjoyable novels to write and is set in a fictional wheat belt town called Culvert.’’
The story revolves around two friends, Elsie Jones and Tara Green, and their romance with twin local lads, Zac and Amos Smith.
The subplot focuses on the impact of rising fuel and fertiliser prices on agriculture, and the future role of renewable energy.
“I research to a point but don’t let reality limit me when I’m writing,’’ Rachael said.
She lives in southern rural Tasmania with her two young children, Rosie and Charlie, and an extended family of kelpies, chooks, horses and cattle.
Rachel is a Rural Administration graduate from Orange Agricultural College and has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) degree from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW.
In between studying, she has worked as a jillaroo, rural journalist, ABC radio broadcaster, wool classer, part-time vet nurse, family farm manager, drover and stock camp cook.
Rachel’s first novel Jillaroo was published in 2002, was a best seller and became one of Australia’s iconic works of fiction, inspiring other country women to contribute to the genre of contemporary rural literature.
She has gone on to write four other best selling novels, two short story collections, a TV drama and lyrics for Tasmanian band, The Wolfe Brothers.
Rachael’s screenplay, Albert’s Chook Tractor, was made into a half hour drama for SBS Independent Television, was filmed in Tasmania’s Fingal Valley and starred John Jarrett.
Her self-published book Dog Speak has been re-released since its original publication as part of a Tasmanian Rural Woman of the Year rural bursary.
A collection of Rachael’s short stories, The Girl and the Ghost Grey Mare, flew to number four spot in the Australian best-seller list when released in October 2011.
Rachael is a fan of agricultural field days, and was a regular exhibitor at Tasmania’s AgFest with her working dogs and books.
She said the modification of farm machinery in Cleanskin Cowgirls would resonate with Henty Machinery Field Day visitors.
“Cleanskin Cowgirls is a story about humanity with a strong machinery flavour,’’ Rachael said.
“I will be speaking at Henty on how small regional communities can be empowered by recycling waste, along with my own personal journey and giving rural women inspiration to keep going.’’